Jack Dangermond

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Jack Dangermond
Jack Dangermond speaking at Harvard, 2006
Born 1945
Residence Redlands, California, US
Nationality American
Alma mater California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
University of Minnesota
Harvard University
Occupation President, ESRI
Known for Co-founder, Environmental Systems Research Institute
Net worth $3.1 billion (May 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Laura Dangermond

Jack Dangermond is an American businessman and environmental scientist. In 1969, he co-founded with his wife Laura the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), a privately held Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software company. In May 2015, his net worth was estimated by Forbes at US$3.1 billion.[1]

Dangermond is the company's President and Founder, and he works at ESRI's headquarters in Redlands, California. Dangermond founded ESRI to perform land use analysis; however, its focus evolved into GIS software development, highlighted by the release of ARC/INFO in the early 1980s; the development and marketing of ARC/INFO positioned ESRI with the dominant market share among GIS software developers. Today ESRI is the largest GIS software developer in the world and its flagship product, ArcGIS, traces its heritage to Dangermond's initial efforts in developing ARC/INFO.

Early life and education[edit]

Jack Dangermond was born in 1945,[2] and grew up in Redlands, California as the son of Dutch immigrants.[3] His parents owned a plant nursery in Redlands.[4] Dangermond attended Redlands High School.

Dangermond completed his undergraduate work at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), studying landscape architecture and environmental science.[4][5] He then earned a Master of Architecture degree in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design GSD in 1969.[4] His early work in the school's Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis (LCGSA) led directly to the development of ESRI's ARC/INFO GIS software. He has been awarded 13 honorary doctoral degrees from universities around the world.

Awards and honors[edit]

Dangermond has had a strong impact on the development of GIS methodologies, the GIS software market, GIS technology research and related analytical methods. He has received many awards reflecting the influence of his work, including:


  1. ^ a b "Jack Dangermond". Forbes. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.ESRI.com/library/articles/mapping-the-future.pdf
  3. ^ New York Times: "Corner Office - Conversations about leadership and management" retrieved May 3, 2013
  4. ^ a b c Howell, Donna (2009-08-14). "Jack Dangermond's Digital Mapping Lays It All Out". Investor's Business Daily. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Alumnus Jack Dangermond to Earn Honorary Doctorate". PolyCentric. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  6. ^ "2010 Medals and Awards". Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Jack Dangermond and Roger Tomlinson receive National Geographic’s Bell Medal, GIS Lounge, July 12, 2010.
  8. ^ David Braun (July 13, 2010). "Nat Geo awards Alexander Graham Bell Medals to GIS pioneers". National Geographic Society. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "You Can't Kill Jack Dangermond's Company. Try, And It Will Only Get Stronger.".  Forbes. Retrieved May 3, 2015.

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